Not so dear Deer - Knowledgebase Question

Question by MARYEREYNO
February 9, 2009
Hello! I live in northern NJ surrounded by woods and I love it. however the deer are destroying my flower garden and trees. Can you suggest deer resistant flowering perennials and trees (either flowering or non-flowering) for my region which I believe is 6 (area code 07439)that are somewhat drought resistant?
Many thanks!

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2009


Deer can be such a problem in some areas of the country, but not all plants are suitable for all growing regions. For that reason, not all deer resistant plants are indicated. I've found that native plants are often passed up by deer. But, a hungry deer will eat almost anything so your mileage may vary. If there is a large deer population and a big competition for food, even plants identified as deer resistant can become dinner for a hungry deer.

With that said, here's a list of plants generally ignored by deer: (the numbers indicate) 1) Rarely if ever eaten, 2) Occasionally nibbled if deer population is high, 3) Natives, 4)

Shrubs: Abelia (Abelia spp.)1 Acuba3 (Acuba japonica)4 Autumn Aster (Aster spp.)2 Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)1 Blackberry (Rubus spp.)2 Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)1 Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)1 Cotoneaster 1 (Coral Beauty) (Cotoneaster dammeri)1 Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ixex cornuta) 1 Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria)1 Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.)2 Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens)2 Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis)1 Germander (Teucrium spp.)1 Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)2 Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii)2 Jerusalem Cherry 1(Solanum pseudocapsicum) Juniper (Juniperus spp.)2 Lantana (Lantana horrida)2 (natives resistant, hybrids not) Lavender (Lavandula spp.)1 Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa)2 Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)1 Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri)1 Nandina (Nandina spp.)2 Oleander (Nerium oleander)1 Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.)1 Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)2 Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)2 Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)1 Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)1 Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) 4 Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera)2

Perennial Succulents and Lilies: Hen and chickens (Sempervivum spp.)1 (spiny varieties) Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.)1 Red Yucca (Hesperalae parvifloria)1 Sacahuista/Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.)2 Yucca (Yucca spp.)2 Vines: Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)1 Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)2 Ground Covers: Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum) 1Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum)2 Carpet Bugle (Aiuga reptans)2 Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica)2 Myrtle (Vinca major)4 Santolina (Santolina spp.)1 Spearmint (Menta spicata)2 Thyme (Thymus spp.)1

Flowers, Ferns, Herbs: Ageratum (Ageratum spp.)1 Begonia (Begonia spp.)2 Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)2 Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium lecanthum)1 Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)1 Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida)1 Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)1 Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)2 Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)2 Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)4 Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)1 Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii)1 Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)1 Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum)2 Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.)2 Iris (Iris spp.)2 Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)1 Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucanthia)2 Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes spp.)1 Periwinkle (Vinca rosea)1 Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea angustifolia)2 Savory (Satureia spp.)2 Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.)1 Verbena (Verbena spp.)2 Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.)4 Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)1 Zexmenia (Zexmenia hispida)2 Zinnia (Zinnia spp.)2

Good luck with your garden!

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